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How One Artist Is Working To Make The Equal Rights Amendment A Reality

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The U.S. Constitution has some unfinished business

It's 2016 and the current frontrunner to be the 45th president of the United States of America is not a man, but women in this country still face massive systemic inequalities. Problems like wage inequality, gender-based discrimination, poor or even no access to adequate health care, and sexual harassment still run rampant in our society. Even though the rights of women have come a long way since granted the right to vote in 1920, there is clearly a lot of work to be done to advance the cause of true equality. It's inspiring to live in a time when President Barack Obama writes a paean to strong women and declares himself to be a feminist, but there's still room for improvement, so that young girls in this country know to look up to, as Obama so beautifully put it, the Tubmans, and not just the Benjamins.

One way in which our country can take a step toward true equality is via the passing of the long-proposed Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). First drafted in 1923 by Alice Paul and Crystal Eastman, the ERA was finally passed by Congress in 1972, before being sent to the 50 states to be ratified in order to meet the understandably arduous requirements in place to enact change upon the U.S. Constitution. Unfortunately, the ERA fell three states short of the required 38 needed to ratify it and has thus hung in limbo ever since. Despite being annually reintroduced to Congress, it has yet to pass.

In recent years, many celebrities, like Meryl Streep and Patricia Arquette, have attempted to get the ERA passed, and now an artist named Natalie White has picked up this political mantle. White, who has served as a model and muse for artists like Peter Beard, had a gallery show in New York earlier this summer in which she dealt with explicitly political themes, all in keeping with her fight to ratify the ERA. White also staged a 250-mile, 15-day walk from New York City to Washington, D.C., this July in order to raise awareness for her cause. We spoke with White the day after she completed her walk about the Equal Rights Amendment, what inspired her to walk 250 miles, and what she wants to happen next in the fight for gender equality.

What got you interested in reviving the fight for the Equal Rights Amendment?
When I found out about the huge gender wage gap, I was so shocked and thought it couldn’t possibly be true that white women make 78 cents on the dollar compared to white men, black women make only 64 cents, and Latina women only make 54 cents. I thought it was shocking and it had to be a lie. When I found out it wasn’t, I did my research about why we got to the place we did in the United States. And one of the main reasons we got there is because the Equal Rights Amendment never passed. So I started asking around, especially asking older women, why it hadn’t passed. And a lot of people thought it had! Or they thought that we were protected by the 14th Amendment, but in fact, the Equal Protection Clause has not been used to help women at all. We are not a protected class of people. So I decided I had to do something about this, and I’m lucky enough that my art has given me a platform, and I’m lucky enough to be successful at selling and showing it; if I didn’t use my platform to start to talk about discrimination against women, I’d feel like, why do I even have this?

Have you always been politically involved?
I’ve done protests at anti-nuclear groups. I’ve protested drug laws that are ridiculous, but I’ve never really been active. I’ve just shown up at protests and supported it. This is the first time I was ever in a leadership role.

What was the idea behind doing the 250-mile march?
It was to show the struggle and show that people are really serious about this. Like, I’m so serious about this cause that I’m doing this march. We’re going to walk 250 miles in July from New York to D.C. when it’s hot outside, and I’m willing to do that. I think that people really need to see this because they are so incredibly passionate about this. There are so many different organizations out there that are bringing up really valid points, but women’s issues have been neglected for so long, and I wanted to show people that, hey, there is a group of people out here who are so furious that they’re willing to walk from New York to D.C. And we’re going to have parties and events and inform people about this.

How was the actual walk? What were some of the best and most difficult moments that you experienced over its 15-day course? 
The most difficult experience was in New Jersey when I was walking across a bridge. I have really bad vertigo and I’m really scared of heights, and it was one of those bridges with grates on the bottom where you can see through all the way to the water. And there was water but there were also all these cars going back and forth. I was going across the bridge, and I’m thinking to myself that I’m going to make it all the way, I’m not going to get nervous, I’m not going to lose my head. But I get halfway through, to the middle of the bridge, and all of a sudden fear kicks in and I start getting a panic attack. I had already started going slower because I thought if I was going slow I would be less likely to get scared. But then I just fell to the ground and started crawling on my hands and knees in the middle of the bridge, and my friends were ahead because I didn’t want to bother them, and so they didn't see me. I was just crawling across this bridge on my hands and knees until I got to this metal panel and I crawled up it so I could stand up, and I’m swaying back and forth, and my knees are shaking, and I stay there for seven minutes before my friends noticed that I wasn’t around and came back for me. So that was a pretty bad moment!

The best time… this one day we hit 25 miles, and we weren’t even in pain. We felt like superheroes. Like we could keep going to Miami. And this was after we had done 15 miles the day before and the day before that we’d done 20. The day we hit 25 we felt like we could do anything. 

That’s such a great metaphor for what you’re trying to accomplish politically; like you have to keep going for it and keep pushing and you don’t even know what you’re capable of until you start doing it.
Thank you. It’s like more impossible things have happened on this earth than people reviving a constitutional amendment. That we should have equal rights for women in the United States—for all people in the United States—should be a no-brainer. 

What's next for you post-march? Where do you see your fight going next?
We can’t stop until this amendment is passed through. Contact your congresspeople. Nobody is going to give this to us. We’re going to have to take it. We’re going to have to force people to vote yes on this issue or we’re not going to vote for them. I’m not going to stop the fight. This is just the beginning. We’re not asking for something more than anyone else, just for something equal.

To find out more about Natalie White's fight for equal rights, visit her site: NatalieWhiteforEqualRights.org.

We also see Margot Robbie take on Sharon Tate

The new trailer for Quentin Tarantino's upcoming movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood gives a look at the Manson Family. In the previous clip, we saw Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio at their funniest. Now, we get to see Margot Robbie take on actress Sharon Tate, Lena Dunham become a cult member, and how the fictional and real-life story lines will intersect in the film.

Per a press release, the film—that follows a fictional story set around the time of the real-life Manson murders—"visits 1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing, as TV star Rick Dalton (DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Pitt) make their way around an industry they hardly recognize anymore."

In this clip, after being introduced to Dalton and Booth, viewers get to see how the latter ends up mingling with the Manson Family. As Booth picks up a girl (Margaret Qualley) on the side of the road, he unknowingly welcomes a Manson family member into his life and begins to visit their ranch. The fiction and real-life stories intersect when we find out that Dalton lives next store to Tate, who was murdered by the members of Charles Manson's cult in 1969.

Watch the new trailer for Once Upon A Time In Hollywood ahead of its July 26 theatrical release, below.

ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD - Official Trailer (HD) www.youtube.com

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This photo proves that they are the chillest onscreen family

Sophie Turner just posted a photo of herself, Maisie Williams, and Isaac Hempstead Wright—aka the Stark siblings—to her Instagram, showing just what the three used to get up to when the Game of Thrones cameras weren't rolling.

The photo shows Wright looking quite pleased with himself while sitting on a makeshift throne, wearing no pants. As he should be, seeing as (spoiler) his character, Bran, won the Iron Throne this weekend. Williams, meanwhile, is looking way too cool to be involved in the shenanigans, wearing a pair of black sunglasses and staring absently off-camera. As for Turner, she's looking away from her onscreen brother, too, nervously smoking a Juul.

"The pack survived," Turner captioned the photo.

This photo just goes to prove that the Stark siblings are the chillest onscreen family. (It also proves, yet again, that Turner's social media is an absolute delight.)

We're actually a little sad that this footage didn't make it into the final season, considering how many modern-day objects have been spotted in the show's last few episodes.

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Meet Ashley

Miley Cyrus shared the trailer for her forthcoming Black Mirror episode, and it's basically Hannah Montana set in a dystopian future. Cyrus is a pink wig-wearing pop star named Ashley who is rolling out an in-home virtual assistant, named Ashley Too, that looks like her and shares her voice. But, as is the case with every Black Mirror episode, this technology is not as cute and fun as it's advertised to be.

In the trailer, we get the idea that Ashley is all about wanting fans to "believe" in themselves—but underneath that pink wig, maybe she doesn't feel that same self-love. After Ashley Too introduces herself to fan and new owner Rachel, promising to be her friend, we get a look at Ashley's darker side. She's depressed and tired of the pop star life. A record label executive says to several people in the room, "She doesn't understand how fragile all this is." As they consider upping her dose of medication, Ashley's life is on a downward slope. "It's getting so hard to keep doing this," she voices over glimpses of a police car chase, performances, and breakdowns backstage.

But back to the technology: Does Ashley's breakdown also mean the breakdown of Ashley Too? Looks like it. We see Rachel's virtual assistant screaming, "Get that cable out of my ass! Holy shit! Pull it out," breathing a sigh of relief as soon as they pull it out. A title card then reveals the episode name, "Rachel, Jack, and Ashley Too."

Watch the full trailer and get a full view of Cyrus' cyborg-esque pop star look, below. Black Mirror returns to Netflix on June 5.


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Several actresses allegedly had "issues" with him

Lena Waithe's Showtime series, The Chi, just lost one of its main characters. Jason Mitchell, who was also set to appear in the Netflix film Desperados, has been dropped from both projects following multiple allegations of misconduct. He has also been dropped by his agent and manager.

Hollywood Reporter heard from a source "with knowledge" of The Chi, who says that Tiffany Boone, the actress who plays Mitchell's girlfriend on the show, is just one of several actresses who had "issues" with him. She eventually told producers at Fox21 that she could no longer work with him after filing several sexual harassment complaints. Apparently, her fiancé, Dear White People co-star Marque Richardson, would join her on set when she would shoot with Mitchell.

While news of Mitchell's alleged misconduct is just now beginning to surface, it looks like the ball started rolling on the fallout weeks ago. He was dropped from Desperados and replaced by Lamorne Morris before filming began. A source from the production team said that the producers received "specific information" that they reviewed and acted on quickly. Similarly, a source familiar with Mitchell's former agent, UTA, said the decision to drop him a few weeks ago was very quick following the allegations.

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Prior to the college admissions scandal, she said she doesn't "care about school"

Apparently, Olivia Jade wants to go back to school despite all those YouTube videos that suggested otherwise. Back in March, it was revealed that her mom, Fuller House actress Lori Loughlin, and dad, Mossimo Giannulli, had scammed Jade's way into the University of Southern California. Now, Loughlin faces jail time, and Jade lost out on plenty of lucrative ad partnerships.

According to Us Weekly, "Olivia Jade wants to go back to USC," per a source. "She didn't get officially kicked out and she is begging the school to let her back in." Another source though ousted Jade's real motivation to the publication. "She knows they won't let her in, so she's hoping this info gets out," they shared. "She wants to come out looking like she's changed, learned life lessons and is growing as a person, so she for sure wants people to think she is interested in her education."

Jade previously shared in a YouTube video she's in college for the "experience of like game days, partying" rather than the education. She also said, "I don't know how much of school I'm going to attend... I don't really care about school, as you guys all know." Though these statements were made prior to the scandal coming to light, her brand partnerships didn't come into question until her parents were indicted.

Right now, despite previous reports that Jade and her sister would both be dropping out of USC, Jade's enrollment has been placed on hold—meaning she cannot register for classes, or even withdraw from the school—until her parents' court case comes to a close. Then, the school will make its own decision as to how Jade will be affected. I think, either way, she should have to pay off a few of her classmates' loans for all the BS she pulled.

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